It’s down to Springer and Graydon SealySpringer’s Desiree Joseph (left) knocking the ball away from Foundation goal shooter Sasha Bryan. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
By Justin Marville | Wed, November 14, 2012 - 12:03 AM
Junior netball is headed for an epic final showdown.
Springer Memorial held Foundation to just six second-half goals in yesterday’s 28-14 victory at the Netball Stadium to set up the long-awaited title clash tomorrow against Barbados Secondary Schools’ Under-19 queens Graydon Sealy.
It will be the highly-anticipated replay of a riveting season-opener that the defending champs won 34-26 last month to kick start what seems to be yet another unbeaten title run.
And Graydon Sealy moved one step closer to a third straight crown after whipping Combermere in a wire-to-wire 40-17 rout in yesterday’s first semi-final.
Springer didn’t have it so easy. Not in the first half anyway.
Plagued by sloppy passing and inefficient movement off the ball, the 11-time champions watched Foundation score three unanswered goals to start the second quarter as part of a 6-1 run that reduced a once telling eight-goal deficit to just three.
This was after Springer stormed out to a quick 9-1 advantage, with goalkeeper Desiree Joseph’s uncanny athleticism and agility creating all sorts of problems for Foundation’s unconfident goal shooter Sasha Bryan.
Shakeillia Smith wasn’t exactly accurate at the other end, but Lanell Browne struggled to haul in the rebounds and gave up several second and third chance opportunities.
However, all that changed in the second quarter as Sasha Bryan and goal attack Tyiesha Warner capitalized on their opponents’ turnovers while Browne effectively shut down the passing lanes in the shooters’ circle to cut Springer’s lead to 10-7 and then 11-8.
But Foundation never got any closer. Smith and Zakiya Kirton combined to score five unanswered goals to start the third quarter that Springer led by as much as nine (21-12).
It wasn’t for a lack of opportunities for Foundation either, as Bryan couldn’t convert her attempts before opposing centre Dominique Browne began to make life miserable in centre court.
Smith converted 16 of her 25 attempts while Kirton went six for seven. For Foundation, Bryan was nine of 14 and Warner converted four of seven attempts.
Earlier, Graydon Sealy overcame a spirited performance from Combermere inside the opening five minutes before blowing the contest wide open in the second quarter.
Behind the gifted Shaniqua Thomas, Combermere managed to trade the game’s first four goals and only trailed the two-time queens 11-6 at the end of the opening stanza.
However, senior national Shonica Wharton shook off her earlier woes and began to impose her will on the overmatched Sade Browne, who was forced to take bad angles while trying to intercept balls intended for the imposing Wharton.
Alyssa Bynoe and Tyneisha Rowe then turned it up defensively, forcing turnovers off bad Combermere passes which turned into goals for Wharton and Nikita President.
Wharton converted 33 of her 43 attempts; President seven of 13. Thomas was 11 for 11 at the other end while Combermere goal attack Donika Payne converted six of 13.
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